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What?

Ignite is a new youth camp, for anyone in year 6-12 at school.

When?

From after school on Friday August 9th until late afternoon on Sunday 11th. But if you can only be there for part of the time due to other commitments, that's no problem!

Where?

At Uniting Venue Elanora.

How much?

$200 (leaders $150) - but if money is a problem, contact us.

Who?

Ignite is being run by a group of Uniting Church youth groups. You can contact us at info@igniteyouth.sydney

Keynote

We're delighted to announce that our keynote speaker is Keps Vaka...

His name is Kepueli Akeikoso (Archegos) Sione Rokomalani Vaka but to keep it simple everyone calls him Keps. He was born in Australia, with Tongan heritage. Keps is happily married with two beautiful children named Sela Amaris who is 5 years old and Sione Hezekiah who is 11 months old.

Keps explains, "I am currently in my 2nd year of ministerial formation as a candidate for Minister of the Word and in the final stages of my Bachelor of Theology at the United Theological College in North Parramatta (UTC).

As part of my ministerial training this year, I have been placed with the PYPP Program within the SCCP Presbytery. I am gaining experience in leadership and training, and in how to think strategically in areas for growth of the young people within our presbytery. This will also enable me to use this experience in engaging with not just young people but all people in the Uniting Church and abroad."

When asked about his current placement, Keps responded," I have been blessed to be part of this team, learning how to further my leadership skills, growing in my Spiritual life and also engaging with not just our young people but our presbytery as a whole. This is a presbytery that is filled with difference. Difference in theology, worship styles, cultures, ages etc but I believe it is what the kingdom looks like. “MANY CULTURES, ONE IN CHRIST!”

Keps goes on to say, "It is vital that we engage with our young people because, like the moderator spoke of at the closing ceremony at Synod 2019, “Our young people are not the future of the church but are the NOW!” It is important that we allow space and time for our young people to be trained in leadership, exercise their faith in the way they feel is appropriate in their context, because their discipleship will mean so much more if they feel that they are a part of it, expressing their love for Jesus Christ in a way that is significant to them that allows us to say “Well, it is the same Jesus Christ that I love.” A good colleague of mine, Pastor Jon Owen once said, “We need to be a church that is drawn by the future, not driven by the past.” I say this, not to disrespect the leaders that have gone before us, but I say this with compassion and love, that its time that we bridge the gap because, like the apostle Paul says, There is no more us and them, there is no more us or them, there is only We in him…

As a young Tongan-Australian emerging leader, I am grateful to be working with this team, alongside a number of colleagues in the wider UCA, who support and encourage me during this time of Formation, to ensure that we respect the past, engage with the present and prepare for the future. As I Prepare for ministry this year under the PYPP Team, I find myself moving from a focus on the Presbytery Young People’s Project to a mindset of Preparing Young People’s Pathways and what is it that I can do to give young people the opportunity and voice to express their love for Jesus Christ and to share that love with others around them in their everyday lives."

Keps leaves us with this thought, "All of this is us, and let us share that same everlasting love God showed humanity from day dot, with everyone whom we encounter in our church, community and the world we live in today, as we embark on this pilgrim journey together, led by the Trinity of Love, from time into Eternity, he koe ‘Otua, ko ‘Ofa ia! (God is Love)."

‘Ofa moe melino, (Love and Peace)